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2020-21 AVS Viola Bank Recipients

We are happy to announce three deserving student recipients of AVS Viola Bank instruments and bows for the 2020-2021 school year: Starting out at the age of nine, Dorthea Stephenson got her start as a violist in the String Project at Arizona State University. At the age of thirteen, she switched to the viola (which to this date was the best musical decision of her life). Dorthea is now a student at the University of Arizona, where she is studying to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. She is currently studying with Dr. Molly Gebrian. Thank you, for all of your support. I am very excited to move forward and explore new adventures with my new viola! Katie Baird is a violist from Tucson, Arizona. Currently a junior, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Molly Gebrian at the University of Arizona. With a love for ensemble playing, she has played with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Meraki String Quartet, and the Desert Violas, the viola ensemble at the Fred Fox School of Music. Violist and violinist Teddy Froelich from Loudoun County, Virginia is currently a graduate viola performance major attending the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, studying with Brett Deubner and Daniel Phillips. He has participated in masterclasses led by Midori Goto, Kristof Barati, Stephen Rose, Richard Young, Luosha Fang, the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet, and members of the Aeolus and Dali quartets. His past summer engagements include the National Orchestral Institute and Festival and a Quartet Fellowship position at the Dali International Music Festival, both on full-tuition scholarship. Teddy also studied abroad in London at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2019 with Royal Academy of Music violin professor Diana Cummings.